| Sep 20, 2014
| 3:00 PM
For an actress well into her golden years, landing the role of a lifetime is a rare achievement. To play that role three times in close succession is something akin to seeing the show-business stars align.
"It's been quite a journey," said Cicely...
| Sep 23, 2014
In 1938, a young African-American named Robert Nixon, a man born in small-town Louisiana, was executed by the electric chair in Chicago for the murder of Florence Thompson Castle, whom Nixon was convicted of killing with a brick. Even by the standards...
| Nov 15, 2014
| 10:15 AM
The 25th annual Chicago Humanities Festival, built around the theme of "Journeys," wrapped up in a most appropriate manner on Friday night with Anjelica Huston, who spoke candidly and sometimes emotionally about the many roads that made up her life's...
| Nov 16, 2014
| 8:36 AM
Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" has been running in London for more than 60 years now — some 25,000 performances of the whodunnit that bested all whodunits have taken place, making "The Mousetrap" by far the longest-running show in British...
| Nov 13, 2014
| 6:03 PM
The busy afterlife of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," Victor Hugo's 1831 doorstop novel about a church bell ringer with severe chiropractic difficulties, continues with a musical adaptation that's notable for being the first stage collaboration between two...
| Nov 17, 2014
| 8:00 PM
The scene was a beautiful, chaotic mess, a mashup of live music, animation and rollicking storytelling for about 2,600 people filling Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. So ravenous was the crowd for Pop-Up Magazine's particular brand of storytelling...
| Nov 18, 2014
| 7:09 PM
Dick Cavett, the veteran talk show host, will play himself in the Los Angeles premiere of a play based on the long-running feud between Lillian Hellman and Mary McCarthy. "Hellman v. McCarthy" by Brian Richard Mori will run Feb. 6 to 28 at Theatre 40 in...
| Nov 19, 2014
| 6:00 AM
In “Dirty,” a West Coast premiere at the Zephyr, playwright Andrew Hinderaker balances precariously between soapbox and gutter. For the most part the play maintains its dramatic equilibrium, yet it sometimes stumbles, bruisingly, into...
| Nov 19, 2014
| 6:00 PM
When the newly reworked version of Bill Russell and Henry Krieger's "Side Show" opened at the La Jolla Playhouse last year, the production didn't fix all the musical's flaws, but it did reveal the heart that made this tough-sell show too good to consign...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 12:48 PM
The distance between Berlin and Broadway is about 4,000 miles. The distance between the onlookers and the performers in Theo Ubique's "A Kurt Weill Cabaret" can be as close as 4 inches. Yet the great achievement of this very fine show is that director...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 4:00 PM
A high degree of skill and individuality accompanies "Takarazuka!!!" at East West Players. In its elegant West Coast premiere, Susan Soon He Stanton's very promising albeit still-forming play with music uses the famed all-female troupe in the titular...